There were 1,002,662 confirmed cases of the virus in the South American country by Monday night, the ministry said in a statement.
In the past 24 hours, there were 12,982 new cases reported and 451 deaths, it said.
The latest figures put it alongside the United States, India, Brazil and Russia, all with populations greatly exceeding Argentina’s 45 million people.
It means one in every 45 Argentinians have had the virus.
More than 26,000 people have died, giving the country fatality rate of about 2.7%, according to health ministry data.
The country ranks 15th in the world on deaths per 100,000 population, at 59.03, according to Johns Hopkins data. Peru (105.35), Brazil (73.36) and Chile (72.80) and Ecuador (72.5) top the rate of deaths per 100,000 in South America. By comparison the US’s rate is 67.14.
Argentina is also grappling with low levels of testing. But for those getting tested, more than 60% of recent tests are coming back positive, one of the world’s highest positivity rates.
Argentina’s borders remain closed to tourism, though domestic flights have resumed for people with government approval to travel for medical, family or work reasons.
Ontario and Quebec, which account for around 60% of Canada’s 37.6 million people and just under 80% of the country’s reported Covid cases, have seen sharp increases in cases in recent weeks.
Both provinces have taken fresh measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Less-populated provinces, including Manitoba and Alberta, are also seeing worrying increases.
Canada’s chief medical officer, Dr Theresa Tam, said on Monday she was concerned the country will see an uptick in “severe impacts” of the virus in the coming weeks.
Canada announced on Monday that its border with the United States would remain closed until at least 21 November.
The 90-minute debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments, with each candidate granted two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate.
The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday announced that “in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules”. Both mics will be unmuted for open discussion.
It says simulations by the world’s fastest super computer suggest you will be more exposed to droplets when being spoken to if you sit side-by-side, rather than if you sit opposite your companion … by a factor of five.
The study looked at three sitting scenarios: side-by-side, opposite and diagonally opposite. It did this by simulating the spread of droplets between four people sitting at two joined tables with one person talking to the person adjacent to them while looking at their face for about a minute. Each table measured 60cm square.
Sitting side-by-side gives diners the biggest chance of being in droplet range. The next was sitting opposite, but the best place to sit was diagonally opposite to minimise droplets.
Just applying that to my own scenario, I guess it also likely means that if you are dining out with someone from your own household and people from another household, it’s better for people you live with to be seated on the same side of the table, as you are less likely to transfer germs between households.
You can see the video simulation here.
As of Monday, China had 85,704 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The Covid-19 death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
The neighbouring state of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous, has recorded two new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Three people in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed with the virus.
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The first minister, Mark Drakeford, insisted the two-week “firebreak” – under which schools, shops, pubs and hotels will close and citizens will be told to stay at home – was needed to prevent thousands more deaths and the NHS becoming overwhelmed.
The move means England is the only part of the UK not to bring in a form of national “circuit breaker”, even though it has been advised to do so by experts on the Sage committee, by teachers’ leaders, doctors and by the Labour party.
The new restrictions mean businesses including pubs, hotels, gyms, hairdressers and non-essential shops will have to close from Friday evening and will remain shut until 9 November. People will not be allowed to attend Halloween or Bonfire Night celebrations or travel around or to Wales for the half-term school holiday.
Trump attacked Fauci using a call with campaign staff on Monday to deride him as “a disaster” and to claim “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots” discuss ways to combat the coronavirus.
The president spoke one day after CBS’s 60 Minutes aired an interview with Fauci, in which the 79-year-old said he was “absolutely not” surprised Trump recently contracted the coronavirus himself, because he was holding crowded events with minimal social distancing and use of masks in the days before he developed symptoms.
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Measures coming into effect for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday and will see all non-essential retail businesses close and bars and restaurants limited to takeaway service only.
Martin said Ireland’s latest restrictions were “probably Europe’s strictest regime” but that “further action is now required”.
“Everyone in the country is being asked to stay at home,” Martin said in a televised national address.
Only essential workers will be “permitted to travel to work”, he said, and citizens will be allowed out to exercise only within 5km of home.
Schools and childcare facilities are to remain open “because we cannot and will not allow our children and young people’s futures to be another victim of this disease”.
A ban on visits between different households and indoor events will also be extended, although elite and professional level sports will be permitted to take place behind closed doors.
“If we pull together over the next six weeks, we will have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way,” Martin said.
Health officials reported 1,031 new infections on Monday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 50,993. The death toll remained unchanged at 1,852.
Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 261, less than Britain’s, France’s and Spain’s, and around the middle of Europe’s table. But Ireland’s health service has little spare capacity, especially for intensive care.
He said if he could have one wish, it would be to ensure “every contact of a confirmed case is in quarantine for the appropriate period”.
“I do not believe that has occurred systematically, anywhere,” Ryan said, adding it was “a good part of the reason why we’re seeing such high numbers”.
Ryan said that about half of the 48 countries in the UN health agency’s European region had seen roughly 50% increases in cases within the past week – and hospitalisations and death rates were beginning to track those rises.
Some moderately good news is that the average age of sufferers was now much younger, treatment has improved and those infected may have been exposed to lower doses of the virus because of physical distancing and mask wearing.
Worldwide cases of the virus passed 40 million on Monday.
The WHO says 42 potential vaccines are now being tested on humans, of which 10 have reached the third and final stage. A further 156 are being worked on in laboratories with a view to human testing.
But the WHO’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said that while one or two trials may report data by the end of the year, most would start to do so in early 2021.
The World Health Organization’s emergencies director, Michael Ryan, has blamed soaring transmission rates in the northern hemisphere on a failure to enforce quarantines rigorously. He said the fact that self-isolation measures were not being enforced systematically was “a good part of the reason why we’re seeing such high numbers”.
It comes as Ireland announced a return to coronavirus lockdown, with the prime minister, Micheal Martin, issuing a nationwide “stay at home” order, but insisting schools will stay open. Measures coming into effect for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday will see all non-essential retail businesses close and bars and restaurants limited to takeaway or delivery service only. “Everyone in the country is being asked to stay at home,” Martin said in a televised national address.
In other coronavirus developments:
- Trump says Americans ‘tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots’ discuss Covid. President once again attacked his top public health expert, using a call with campaign staff to call Anthony Fauci “a disaster” and to claim “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots” discuss ways to combat the coronavirus.
- Belgium closed bars and restaurants on Monday for a month and has reinforced a curfew. Hospitalisations have risen 100% in the last week.
- Wales is to go into a two-week “firebreak” lockdown, under which schools, shops, pubs and hotels will close and citizens will be told to stay at home. The government said it was needed to prevent thousands more deaths and the NHS becoming overwhelmed.
- Covid vaccine will not be available in UK until spring, says Vallance. A vaccine against coronavirus will not eradicate the disease or be widely available before the spring, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser has cautioned, following reports that a jab could be available as early as the new year.
- Iran on Monday announced 337 deaths from the coronavirus, a record high for a single day in the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the region.
- In Poland the government said the national stadium would double as a field hospital to help ease the strain on overwhelmed health facilities. Around half the country is now designated as a coronavirus “red zone”.
- Greater Manchester given midday deadline for tier 3 deal. The UK government has told Greater Manchester leaders that it will impose the country’s strictest coronavirus restrictions on nearly 3 million people if no deal is reached by midday on Tuesday, in a dramatic escalation of the standoff.
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